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I was taking Lucan on his walk this morning when the GSD who lives across the street came charging towards us. When he got to Lucan he tried to sniff him and Lucan was so freaked out that he started barking and had his hackles up. The GSD then pounced on poor Lucan and all I could hear was Lucan yiping and the GSD growling as they rolled around on the road in front of me. Lucan peed all over the road and was shaking:( The owner (who had been standing on her front lawn trying to call her dog) finally came over and had the nerve to say "Oh I guess Lucan isn't used to other dogs yet!!"
What the hell is wrong with people? My dog is on a leash walking down the street while their dog is roaming around free, please tell me how this is Lucan's fault? If a car had been coming their dog would have been killed instantly. I'm keeping a close eye on my boy, I don't see any visible wounds other than a small scrape on his foot but he's walking with a bit of a limp. Needless to say, after my "conversation" with my neighbour we won't be borrowing sugar from one another anymore!
 

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You are a bigger person than I - I'd have been on the phone to animal control the minute I got my dog inside and made sure we didn't need to get to the vet. Given the cavalier attitude of this woman, you have a right to wonder if her dog's shots are up to date. I don't care how small your town is, there are ordinances that clearly state that dogs must be kept on leash in public. The road and sidewalk are public domain. If the GSD will attack another dog from across the street, who is to say that a small child won't be at the receiving end the next time?

Hope Lucan is ok - quite a scare for the both of you.
 

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Poor Lucan. I hope he's not too shaken - or you! Something similar happened to Tia a while ago when we were in the park and its really frightening. It made Tia very very wary of other dogs coming up to her and we are still working on it with her. These irresponisble owners really do annoy me - and it never seems to be their dogs fault! We never even got an apology!!
 

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I'm sorry to hear that. This type of thing happen to my boston terrier, a golden ret. ("oh he's friendly") crossed a road and attacked her for no apparent reason, luckly for my Jasmine I was ready for it and took care of the situation quick enough that there were no serious injuries, i can't emagin what the outcome would have been if my fiance would have been out walking her alone. I hope everything continues to be okay for you guys and there are no ill after-effects, a reminder of the leash laws by the police to your neighbor might not be a horrible idea though ;)
 

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Poor Lucan. I hope he can get past this and not have any lingering fears. It's a pity when you can't take your dog out for a walk anymore without worrying about unattended "pets".
 

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Poor Lucan and you!! I know how it is, we have been confronted by other dogs so often that it has gotten to the point that I don't like to walk my dogs in our own neighborhood. Looking back, I wish I would have reported them...we have leash laws.
 
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GRrrr this makes me so angry. So sorry this happened to you guys. Poor Lucan. I hope he bounces back. People amaze me, how they allow thier animals to run loose without a care in the world....you're right what if it is a child next?
 

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The owner (who had been standing on her front lawn trying to call her dog) finally came over and had the nerve to say "Oh I guess Lucan isn't used to other dogs yet!!"
Based on the attitude you described I would feel obligated to file a formal complaint with animal control. My concern is that this event is going to be repeated.

When Lena was about six months old (her ears were still being posted as I recall) she was attacked by a neighbor's Golden during our morning walk. The neighbor's response was appropriately contrite (e.g., she made no mention of my kicking her dog as it grabbed hold of Lena's shoulder) and she assured me that it would never happen again. They were running late for the school bus and her garage door was accidentally left open.

When I got home and told my wife what had happened, she wanted to give animal control a call. My wife and daughter have done volunteer work at our local shelter and know the animal control officer for our area on a first name basis. Given the circumstances, I felt the Golden's owner was appropriate and I trusted she would be more careful in the future. That was about a year ago and we have not been disappointed. There is a difference between making a mistake and being negligent.

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Thanks for your concerns. I am considering reporting this owner as I know this dog is constantly roaming free. They also have a 2 year old child that wanders around the front yard unattended as well! We live in a very quiet neighbourhood with very few cars on our street but all it takes is one car for a tragedy to happen. These people need a wake up call. Lucan seems to be okay but I'm concerned this will leave a lasting impression on him. He was doing so well with the other dogs at puppy school too.
 

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I am completely perplexed at people that don't have their dogs on leashes. I truly don't get it. I have no idea what I would do if an unleashed dog approached Bumpy while we were walking down our street because he is not the most dog friendly dog. It would be a nightmare. I could not break up a fight myself......I am so sorry that happened to you. Poor Lucan.
 

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That is very unfortunate. You are responsible for your pets. Even though we have an invisible fence I never let Rudi out without my keeping an eye on him from the window or front door. If he wander around the side to the back yard, I call him back to the front yard, let him finish his business and then he is right back in. When we are out doing yard work, is when I most rely on the invisible fencing, just incase I am not totally attentive to him. My backyard is for the most part enclosed by a split rail to the back a chain link down one side and a dense hedge down the other side. He is never left out....just to be out. I've even been known to still tie him out...the huge oak tree in the backyard provides a pretty strong anchor. That neighbor should be ashamed of themselves. It sounds like it was a pretty bad scuffle......I don't think I would give them another chance. I would report it (although repercussions versus you may not be good, atleast it is Doberman vs. GSD rather than Doberman vs. Beagle.) I would be carrying mace, too. Sorry to have to do it to another animal, but in the end you must protect your loved ones and that means Lucan.
 
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Poor Guy :( You are a better person than I.........I think my tolerance level is shrinking by the day.

I hope that he has no long term effects from that experience. :(
 

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Here's hoping Lucan's OK.

Take Lucan to the Vet. Send a bill for your Vet visit to your fool neighbor. If he doesn't pay up, have a lawyer write him a letter explaining how he needs to pay now, or he will be taken to court and be made to pay the Vet bill AND court costs.

Report the idiot to your local Animal Control. Might not help, but at least it will be oficially documented.

This type of thing needs to be treated the same as if your neighbor had damaged your car in an accident.

Good Luck!
 

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Some people . . . Poor baby - hope he's ok and you & he can enjoy your waks again.

I agree with Chaz. Report them to animal control & I'd take him to the vet too. A scrape can easily end up infected.
 

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You know, that is true about the scratch. Summer corrected Cleo once for going for her bone and there was a tiny little boo-boo on her cheek. I washed it and put some antibiotic ointment on it but honestly it was so small that after it was cleaned I couldn't even tell where it was. I waited for the blood to start to ooze out again and put the ointment on. I thought everything was just fine. Two days later I woke up to a huge doberman head nudging my hand. Her cheek was majorly swollen with infection which cost about $300 to treat. Woops. At least keep an eye on it. I wouldn't have even though of that without the reminder.
 

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I've had some of my dogs attacked over the years and it never left a lasting impression. That owner should be ashamed though and I wouldn't *think* about filing a complaint, I would *do* it.
 

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I'm with Amanda and Chaz on this one. take Luca to the vet just to be sure - he should not be limping with just a scrape on his foot. the neighbor should pay the bill. I would also call AC. even if nothing happens with AC THIS time, it is on record that the dog has been off leash and attacked one dog already. that will establish a history.

also if the kids are ill-taken care of AC should also share that with the proper authorities.

then go buy yourself a 10 lb bag of sugar so you don't run out :)

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Poor Lucan. I hope he can get past this and not have any lingering fears. It's a pity when you can't take your dog out for a walk anymore without worrying about unattended "pets".

This is so true, I always worry when walking Jasmine or Bandit. I hope Lucan is o.k. from this incident.
 
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